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Can't remember which Trader Joe's marinara sauce is the one most liked?

I enjoy the Trader Giotto's Rustico Pomodoro

about 11 hours ago
trolley in Chains

Eats/drinks Near the Renaissance Hotel in Denver

If you can drive to Congress Park area there are a few choices. TAG burger and Barolo Grill. There is also Table 6 a little further southwest. Near, Table 6 is Fruition. There is also Potager which I hear is fab.

1 day ago
trolley in Mountain States

Roadtrip suggestions.....

The food in Estes Park is basically park food. You go for RMNP and the food is secondary. Or maybe I haven't found the right place. There is a Chicago pizza place in Estes Park that I enjoy. Its greasy but does the trick.

In Glenwood Springs there is a decent taco place and a burger place.

On your way, you can stop at a few places along route 36 in Boulder.

You can head over to Pearl St and go to ZoMaMa, a chinese street food that serves noodle bowls. Order at the counter type of place. Not sure what else to recommend as you don't specify type of cuisine you prefer.

Jul 28, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Eats from Denver airport to breck?

you have to be careful with what you order at Beau Jo's. You have to go full fat and meaty. or the Argentine pie. If you go low fat the pizza is not good. None of it is new american gourmet but it's a colorado specialty. maybe worth the stop.

Jul 28, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

I remember pre-baby, husband, etc i was on a flight from JFK to LAX. There was a tiny baby that cried on and off the entire flight. I just remember the mom's look on her face and she was traveling alone. The someone yelled "can you shut your baby?" and then someone else yelled in her defense, "what are they supposed to do? leave the plane? babies cry sometimes! get over it!".

It was fine, we all survived to tell about this. No one lost an ear. The thing is I kind of doubt the 40 min cry story. 40 min is a very very long time. even the most tenacious toddler will have a hard time crying for that long. but when a child screams even for 5 minutes it does feel like 40. The other longest 5 minutes is in a plank at my gym class.

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

well, you may be an outlier but i think most people do learn from experience. and being in public is one of them. how to dine with other people besides your family in a place with noise, waitstaff, music, etc may take getting used to for some. glad you managed to learn all of that at home.

Jul 22, 2015
trolley in Food Media & News

Eats from Denver airport to breck?

Not that you want to hang out at the airport after getting your luggage, there is a Root Down at the airport. But, you can go to the real Root Down which isn't too far off from the I-70. It's right off the 25 south but just a few exits after I-70. There are a few places off the 25 you can go to as well. If you can make it to Idaho Springs, there is Beau Jo's pizza. Not the best pizza in the world but it's a colorado mountain pie which isn't something you may come across.

Jul 21, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

well, you can't just leave the kids home. i'm mean c'mon! this is not the 50's and kids will be seen and heard. sure, leave them at home when you're going out at 9pm to a bar/restaurant or music venue. i can't stand kids at bars. that's where I go to get away from my kid. but kids will bawl and make a scene sometimes. but it's then up to the parent to remove the child from the situation until s/he can calm down. i have friends with autistic kids, they sometime tantrum when things get too much or sometimes they do just because. those kids have the right to be anywhere as well. but there's a limit. you, as a parent, caregiver, guardian, etc need to take care of the situation bc you're ultimately responsible for their actions. i've been out at restaurants when adults behave very poorly by screaming and yelling drunk at dinner. i've been sat next to some men on the plane who could have used a shower and some mouthwash. the same thing could be said of them.

you can only learn how to behave in public only when you're brought out to the public. in this case, both the rabid restaurant owner who clearly needs to take a chill pill, and the parents who could use a parenting class or two both come out the losers.

Jul 21, 2015
trolley in Food Media & News
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Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

I'm a parent of a young child and I don't understand other parents who ignore their kids who are screaming in restaurants. My son has maybe done this once, and we brought him outside immediately. once he calmed down, we went back inside. I expect both kids and adults to not be yelling in a confined place, unless it's an airplane and it's a screaming baby. I get it. You can't just leave a plane and babies do cry in planes.

But I don't like that she yelled at the child bc it's not the childs fault that her parents don't care. she's a toddler and her frontal frontal cortex is still developing. She's not able to regulate her behavior and emotions as well as an adult. Marcy should have yelled at the parents only bc ultimately, it's their responsibility to take care of their kid and his/her behavior in public.

My son had a few friends in Kindergarten and sometimes their moms wanted to get lunch after their early dismissal. I dreaded this lunch (i declined after two times) bc their kids get up and start running around the restaurant and the moms just ignore it. I don't understand it! My son just sits and watches but I have to admit, this is just pure luck as most kids can't sit still in a restaurant environment.

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

well, guess what? i'm glad this thread gets revived bc after a 1+ year with my new TJ's in Boulder, CO I don't think they got the memo. The workers certainly like to talk to each other but there are only two who seem to have small talk down. they're both imported from Socal as well. So there you go! Come to Boulder if you don't like chatty TJ checkout people if you don't mind not having booze.

Jul 20, 2015
trolley in Chains

looking for fresh sardines

well, guess what? since i posted this i have moved on to Boulder, CO where just plain fresh fish is hard to come by. we don't even have a fish store here. So now I have bigger issues but thanks for replying!

Jul 20, 2015
trolley in Los Angeles Area

Asian in Fort Collins?

yeah, i moved here 2 yrs ago from Los Angeles, which is basically home to authentic asian food outside of their original home. I'm originally from japan and i can tell you the sushi places here rely on cream cheese and dynamite sauce, even the "authentic" ones. i can't speak for all asian cuisine bc i'm probably only good at detecting good japanese food but for 14 yrs i had a lot of practice with other asian cuisines.

the thing is someone just has to step up to the plate and deliver authentic cuisine. i think they're afraid or think the Colorado palate isn't up for a challenge. I think they're wrong!

and good luck! yeah, boboli as naan sounds about right!

Jul 13, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Asian in Fort Collins?

They're probably right. There's probably Thai places but not authentic. Colorado doesn't seem to be big on authentic Asian food. Maybe Denver has some but not outside of the city area.

Jul 13, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Aspen service hospitality June 2015

I had a similar experience in the Roaring Fork Valley last summer. Particularly, at a restaurant in Glenwood Springs called The Pullman and a liquor store where the owner basically gave me the evil eye until I left. The waiter yelled at me several times and was acting erratic as though he was on uppers or maybe forgot his meds that day. It was particularly heartbreaking bc i truly liked the Pullman and it was a culinary stop for us on our annual drive from CA to CO. After nothing in Utah, this place was great. I can't even explain the liquor store incident.

I think you're right that the problem with tourist towns is that they can get away with being mean to customers since you're probably not returning. I think they lack good help bc these towns tend to attract a transient type of worker. I have one friend who grew up in Aspen but otherwise, everyone else I know lived there for a few ski seasons then left.

Jul 12, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

SF Hound coming in October. Current recs? [Salt Lake City]

yeah, it was pretty sad. the mods deleted the whole thing bc i had some choice words back. i've been trying to keep it afloat in the denver side of things...it's weird bc denver/boulder are completely food towns. i notice yelp gets lots of traction in these parts but i'm weary of yelp. i've tried it but just not my cup of tea. i do like reviews beyond food on yelp but otherwise, it's just not a source i rely on...

Jul 10, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

SF Hound coming in October. Current recs? [Salt Lake City]

you know, i came in here from the LA board on fire. bc much like the SF board, the LA board is very active. then after a "go back to CA" statement from a fellow Mountain States member i kind of gave up. I had just moved here and was looking for a certain foods bc I felt a bit homesick, then to be told to go back to CA made me sad. it's very few and an odd bunch. i tried. i really did. after that i stopped being on CH on a regular.

Jul 09, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

SF Hound coming in October. Current recs? [Salt Lake City]

I don't know anything about Salt Lake. All I know is that Settebello wasn't good in my book. I'm in the Denver area. I don't even know that too well. I was on the LA board for almost 10 yrs then, i move here and it's zzzzzz. I basically gave up on this board but check in once in a while. good luck.

Jul 07, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

SF Hound coming in October. Current recs? [Salt Lake City]

where are you going exactly? Salt Lake? This board covers several states and it's a very slow one. I'd cross Settebello off of your list. It's a very small chain and my mom lives across the street from one in LA. It's very mediocre for neapolitan pizza. very mediocre to not good. if you're coming from SF, i'm sure this pizza will leave you underwhelmed.

Jul 07, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Altitude issues with skillet biscuits

Takes longer for things to bake at altitude. but it's just weird science. i'm having a harder time with chicken stir frys. after 2 yrs here (Boulder) I still can't get it right.

If I were you i'd replace the self rising flour with AP flour. then figure out how much leavening 2 cups of self rising is supposed to contain and cut that in half. also increase the milk by a few TBSP's. then raise the oven temp by just 10-15 degrees.

I've also written to some blogs
http://highaltitudebakes.com- not updated often but she responds
http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/high... never written to her but has good info.

Jul 05, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

I think it's ok to be "scared". For cryin' out loud this is a food forum. we're not trying to win a pulitzer here. i've been afraid of certain recipes as you fear that the efforts and bought ingredients will go to waste. go give it a try! look up Roxlets recipe. there' been extensive talk about this in the past.

need a vanilla cake recipe that can turn to chocolate cake easily.

this is a good start

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Estes Park, CO picks please

what are you looking for? the food in Estes Park for the most part is very mediocre. RMNP is priority, then the food comes second kind of like Disneyland.

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

need a vanilla cake recipe that can turn to chocolate cake easily.

my husband got me one of those 5 layer cake pans to make a rainbow cake. but now he wants a cake that has alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla. does anyone have a vanilla cake recipe that can easily be converted into chocolate cake?

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

don't be scared! mine came out wrong the first two tries. but the third was the charm.

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Made my Denver reservations!

Linger for brunch

Jun 14, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

More Denver questions

I really enjoyed the happy hour at work and class. it's busy but good.

May 25, 2015
trolley in Mountain States
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making a rainbow cake- any tips?

i did it! i do like the chocolate cake suggestion but i'm also into the multi color thing. i used a cake mix and all went well!! next time i need better colors.

making a rainbow cake- any tips?

my husband got me a 5 pan cake pan set and i'm off to make a rainbow cake, my very first. any tips? i just have regular dye for now as i need to order paste from americolor. should i make it from scratch or a mix? can i just butter the pan?

May 16, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Parmigiano-Reggiano always raw?

ok, good to know. i avoid raw milk for the little one but i knew there was something there about the aging process with cheese. we like non-homogenized dairy for milk but I draw the line with raw milk. good! he can keep his reggiano. child prefers it over regular parmesan. thanks.

May 15, 2015
trolley in Cheese
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Parmigiano-Reggiano always raw?

hi,

is Parmigiano-Reggiano always made with raw milk? I swear i thought i saw some that's not made with raw milk. trying to avoid raw milk for the little ones until they're a bit older...

May 15, 2015
trolley in Cheese